Church of England opens online book of condolences after death of Queen Elizabeth – Episcopal News Service


Church of England opens online book of condolences after Queen Elizabeth’s death

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Churches across England have opened condolence books following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Church of England has also opened an online condolence book. Photo: Church of England

[Church of England] Parish churches, cathedrals and chapels across the country have been opened for prayer and reflection following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

More than 5,000 messages from the UK and around the world had been entered into the Church of England’s online condolence book by the morning of September 9. Local condolence books are also open in cathedrals and churches until Her Majesty’s funeral, for people to sign in person. There is also Buckingham Palace national book of condolences.

More than 22,000 downloads – more than 1,000 per hour – had been made on the Church Finder website A church near you before this morning to access resources such as hymns and images for services and wakes.

More than 200 reflection and remembrance services for the Queen in local communities had been listed on the website so far with many more expected to be included in the coming days.

Speaking earlier on September 9, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “The church gives a place, and literally a physical space, in our amazing parish churches and cathedrals across the country, in which people can find they can express their grief and find hope and abundant life.

Resources for churches including service orders, prayers and hymns are shared with parishes across dioceses.

These also contain advice and guidance on activities such as the ringing of bells and the unfurling of flags during the period of national mourning.


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